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Message 2119553 - Posted: 17 May 2023, 11:20:31 UTC

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Message 2119559 - Posted: 17 May 2023, 17:39:21 UTC - in response to Message 2119553.  
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Yes, Russia Is Using Ancient Tanks in Combat in Ukraine. But Not as Tanks.


Probably not going to be very good at that.
Max range is about 10 miles, as max elevation is 18°, artillery gun max elevation is about 70° or higher, but only with help in the form of firing tables and something to measure elevation, as sights only work to 6,600 yds (3.7 miles).
Tanks use rounds that are similar to bullets in personal weapons, not a shell plus bags of explosive charges. So varying the elevation is only way to adjust range.
Tank barrels are not designed to fire round after round day in, day out, so they will overheat and droop reducing accuracy and shell velocity.
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Message 2119565 - Posted: 17 May 2023, 21:16:29 UTC

If your weapon doesn't do what Putin says, off with your head.
May 17 (Reuters) - Three Russian academics who have worked on hypersonic missile technology face "very serious accusations", the Kremlin said on Wednesday, in a treason investigation that has spread alarm through Russia's scientific community.
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Message 2119598 - Posted: 18 May 2023, 22:02:57 UTC

PooTin's orcs are still falling back from around Bakhmut and the ex-Chef isn't happy.

Russian forces in retreat near Bakhmut, Ukraine and Wagner say.

Meanwhile PooTin's latest missile barrage has lost by 1-29 and those new 1's don't look to be all that good.

Russian 'Kalibr' Cruise Missile Hits Crimea.

And all the rest of what PooTin won't want to hear.

Ukraine Admits It Assassinated Russian Propagandists.

NATO Forges Secret Plans Against Russia, 'We Are Ready To Fight Tonight'.

Russia Facing Biggest Crisis Since World War II, State TV Guest Says.

But 1 of PooTin's crooks have come up with yet another lowlife act.

Russian Lawmaker Proposes Using Stray Dogs in Military as Troops Struggle.
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Message 2120248 - Posted: 1 Jun 2023, 0:23:18 UTC

Just another day driving in Ukraine
Ukraine war: Dashcam captures moment missile debris falls onto Kyiv road
Dashcam footage shows the moment missile debris crashed down on a street in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv.

The incident happened on 29 May and came during a rare daytime attack on the city. No injuries were reported.

The way the missile falls suggests it was intercepted by air defences before it could reach its target. The BBC matched the dashcam footage to video from a nearby security camera and photographs in media reports.

The fragments were later collected by police for further investigation.
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Message 2120467 - Posted: 6 Jun 2023, 14:43:02 UTC

PooTin's orcs have pulled off another lowlife act.

Nova Kakhovka Dam blown up in Ukraine's Kherson region, settlements being evacuated.

Zelensky's Defiant Message After Destruction of Kakhovka Dam.

Well it might save some running orcs from getting their backsides chewed off, but there could be consequences.

Nova Kakhovka Dam Destruction Threatens One of Putin's Biggest Wins.
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Message 2120558 - Posted: 7 Jun 2023, 22:51:40 UTC
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Now that PooTin's orcs have gone from a scorched earth policy to a "Drowned-Earth Strategy" the Toxic Flood from Dam Breach Having Largest Impact on Russian-held Territory.

Then there's the orcs that can't tell farm equipment from tanks.

'Leopard' Tank Blown Up in Russian Video Turns Out to Be Ukrainian Tractor.

They must of been afraid of getting sprayed, harvested or being plowed under as they keep on taking down their own aircraft.

Russia Accidentally Takes Down Its Own Drone Over Crimea.

Instead of F-16 Fighting Falcons I wonder if Zelensky will accept a few old surplus F/A-18 Hornets?

Retired Australian F/A-18 Hornet jets a step closer to joining Ukraine's war effort.

That only requires U.S. approval.
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Message 2120584 - Posted: 8 Jun 2023, 12:03:19 UTC

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Message 2120633 - Posted: 9 Jun 2023, 4:04:05 UTC

...Ukraine has long requested Western fighter jets from its international backers, and experts say the F-16 is the best choice of fourth-generation fighter for Ukraine's air force. But although several countries have joined an "international coalition" of fighter jets, no nation has yet promised to furnish Kyiv with these aircraft.....
That was until yesterday.

Why F-18 Hornets Will Make Ukraine Even More Dangerous in Aerial Combat.

How 'Hornet' F-18 Jets Compare to U.S. F-16s.

F-16 vs F-18: Key Differences Between the US Air Force’s Most Iconic Fighters.

So each has their advantages and disadvantages, but both will do in the end, and we all know why PooTin's orcs really blew the dam.

Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Has Begun.

But the orcs have another problem while running with their retreat, other than the flood they created.

Russian forces battling Ukraine's assault are discovering a nasty danger behind them, courtesy of the US.

Though it hasn't stopped the orcs from whining about their criminal situation.

Russian Soldiers Complain That 'Entire Regiments' Are Being Wiped Out.

Or the infighting amongst so called comrades.

Captured Russian Colonel Claims Wagner 'Tortured and Raped' His Soldiers.

And even tiny Greta had something to say to little PooTin.

Thunberg Rips Russia Over Ecocide in Kakhovka Dam 'Atrocity'.

Meanwhile, those windows still havn't been made safe.

Another Russian Official Mysteriously Falls From Window to His Death.
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Message 2120853 - Posted: 13 Jun 2023, 10:16:34 UTC

“That is certainly much clearer today than when it was first planned,” Mr. Weil said. “Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we know that the European security architecture, as we have assumed it for decades, no longer functions, and that national defense must therefore have a much greater significance.”
NATO's wake up call
Think it's about time the UN received a drastic wake up call.
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Message 2120912 - Posted: 14 Jun 2023, 14:23:47 UTC
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The Good and Excellent:


Valery Zaluzhny, the man behind Ukraine's counter-offensive
wrote:
... Gen Valery Zaluzhny, Ukraine's 49-year-old commander-in-chief. Little known until recently, his popularity now rivals that of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Gen Zaluzhny, or "our Valera" as friends and old classmates like to call him, was appointed commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian military in July 2021.

Those who know him well say the appointment, pushed through personally by President Zelensky, came as a surprise to the general and many others...

... modern commander, but also an unpretentious man who liked to joke with his subordinates and didn't put on airs. Within seven months he was leading Ukraine's defence against full-scale invasion...

... Many other crucial decisions followed and by early April 2022 Ukrainian troops pushed the Russian army back to the north and east of Kyiv...

... As the war ground on, President Zelensky played a key role in maintaining the morale of the Ukrainian public through his nightly addresses. He pushed an image of strong governance while exerting pressure on foreign partners for financial and military support.

Gen Zaluzhny's focus was on getting military strategy right...



And the Badly ugly:


Putin claims Ukraine counter-offensive is failing
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Russian President Vladimir Putin claims that Ukraine's counter-offensive has been unsuccessful, with its army suffering major losses.

Speaking at a meeting of war correspondents, he said that Kyiv's losses were approaching a "catastrophic" level.

That has not been verified, and Ukrainian President Zelensky has denied the counter-offensive is failing.

"There is movement forward," he said in his nightly video address. He thanked Ukrainian troops for "every step and every metre of Ukrainian land that is being liberated from Russian evil"...

... most of Mr Putin's statements during his meeting with war correspondents were typically self-congratulatory...




Note also how much of the Russian rhetoric is in the abstract and is turgidly circumlocutory around many confused bushes ...


Stay safe folks...
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Message 2121041 - Posted: 16 Jun 2023, 18:31:10 UTC - in response to Message 2121005.  
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Russian Losses in Bakhmut 'Nine Times' More Than Ukraine's.


A lot of people thought Ukraine's commmanders were nuts to slog it out in Bakhmut when the entire town is basically trashed, and this was the reason suspected. (Crazy like a fox?) Wow... 9x is more than I would have guessed.
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Message 2121316 - Posted: 22 Jun 2023, 9:37:12 UTC

Ukraine strikes bridge to Crimea, says Russia.

But then they said that they didn't blow those dams either to cover their retreating backsides.
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Message 2121410 - Posted: 23 Jun 2023, 21:51:37 UTC - in response to Message 2121408.  

The in-fighting between Wagner and the Russian state is looking quite serious...
Old adage - a house that fights itself is a house that falls.

Will this be the downfall of Putin and his gang, only to be replaced by Prigozhin and his gang. And how much will that weaken Russia's internal structures?
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